Over 2500 tutoring hours

Bruce H.

Plano, TX

$40/hour

Dr. Bruce-Prescription For Academic Success: HS/College Math-Chemistry

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Background check passed as of 10/19/15
4.8 average from 514 ratings
Very kind, knowledgeable and professional!!!
— Masha, Mckinney, TX on 1/18/16

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Los Angeles Valley College/University of California, Riverside, Math Minor
B.A., Chemistry
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Inorganic Chemistry Minor/Organic Chemistry Major
PhD
Florida State University/Florida A&M University, Tallahassee
Other

Education

Los Angeles Valley College/University of California, Riverside, Math Minor (B.A., Chemistry)

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Inorganic Chemistry Minor/Organic Chemistry Major (PhD)

Florida State University/Florida A&M University, Tallahassee (Other)

About Bruce

Hi Plano-Frisco-The Colony-Allen-McKinney-Richardson-North Dallas/Park Cities! As a highly-energized and unique positive role model for human beings in many respects, I have accumulated over 5000 career personal and private tutoring company Math-Chemistry hours in HS Chemistry-Geometry-Algebra I/II-Precalculus and College Algebra-Trigonometry-Allied Health/General/Organic Chemistry.

I am also a resource-rich, compassionate, globally-minded, and witty but no-nonsense individual with extensive private sector Chemical and also secondary and college-level teaching experience. Since I take my obligations as a tutor very seriously, the long-term positive impacts to be made upon my students (a good many of whom are two-, three-, and four or more-year continuing) are ultimately the most satisfying parts of the whole journey for me. Therefore, I'm ready to begin working with middle school, high school, college and adult clients who when choosing to partner with me clearly demonstrate through their actions that they are truly committed to achieving the best possible academic success in Chemistry and/or Math when led in a step-by-step fashion.

Tutoring is provided YEAR-ROUND as follows: on set semester weekly schedules with the Maths/Chemistry, in preparation for HS EOC exams, SAT/CLEP/AP Chemistry exams, ACS College Chemistry final exams, SAT/ACT/GED/CLEP/ASVAB/Competitive PSIA Math exams, and PCAT exams, during summers when students face fast-paced (i.e., 20 day) course instruction or desire a head start for the more challenging fall courses, and continuing long-term with those needing both HS HONORS/PAP and AP or IB (SL or HL) Chemistry and ultimately either College Allied Health or General/Organic Chemistry and on a psychology/psychiatry/neuroscience, medical/pharmacy/dental/nursing school or other allied health/nutrition or STEM-related track.

Most of all I enjoy training students to be critical, independent thinkers with both the Maths and different levels of Chemistry, especially when Chemistry-Geometry or Chemistry-Algebra 2 are bundled together. Therefore, before each session I encourage my students to be well-prepared with specific questions addressing their needs and wants but, even so, always bring in additional relevant reference resources (especially for the many who are visual or hands-on learners) to add further clarity and enrichment. I then proceed in a consistent step-wise manner and in clear English, resulting in "Got it" and "That makes sense" comments being routinely heard during virtually every session. By and large, through use of these guided approaches they progress exceedingly well toward meeting their goals.

In conclusion, then, my students will continue to become more effective critical thinkers, see their confidence levels soar, and realize their professional goals through their association with me. As these attributes collectively contribute toward one's future success in life, what more can you ask for?
Hi Plano-Frisco-The Colony-Allen-McKinney-Richardson-North Dallas/Park Cities! As a highly-energized and unique positive role model for human beings in many respects, I have accumulated over 5000 career personal and private tutoring company Math-Read more

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Cancellation
24 hours notice required

College Student Group Rates: Two Students-$30/person/hr Three Students-$20/person/hr Group sessions are held at either the Richardson Public Library or Richland College Sabine Hall.

Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Plano, TX 75023
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Very kind, knowledgeable and professional!!!"

- Masha, Mckinney, TX on 1/18/16
Bruce replied on 4/27/2016

Masha,

Thank you very much for your completely thorough and objective feedback. When I took note of its post it literally made my day.

Your detailed account of your pathway to success with my unwavering support serves as a potent reminder of the importance of establishing the tutor-student relationship early on in the process and continuing to consistently nurture this over time.

Any HS (any level) or College (Collin, DCCCD, NCTC, SMU, UTD, TWU, UNT) Chemistry student would be wise to seriously reflect upon what you have stated and begin partnering with me soon after a regular semester or Summer session has begun.

I only wish you the very best of success as you continue on your journey toward launching a successful nursing career.

Dr. Bruce

"Great first lesson."

- Yensy, Mckinney, TX on 5/7/16

"First session and first impression of Bruce was excellent!"

- Katherine, Plano, TX on 4/3/16
Bruce replied on 4/5/2016

Katherine,

Thank you very much for your kind feedback concerning your son's interaction with me.

It means a great deal to me to know that I can still effectively connect with a student in the 6th grade and not just with those students who are in high school and college and even years beyond these points. I will continue to do my best to help him be better prepared for his upcoming competition.

"Energetic"

- Daniel, Plano, TX on 2/7/16

"Helpful"

- Megha, Frisco, TX on 1/14/16

"Knowledgeable and patient tutor."

- Natalie, The Colony, TX on 1/11/16

"Knowledgeable in subject matter"

- Brenda, Desoto, TX on 12/10/15

"Very well-versed in his field and reliable."

- Rowena, Garland, TX on 11/15/15

"Professional and knowledgeable"

- Kristina, Dallas, TX on 11/10/15
Bruce replied on 11/12/2015

Kristina,

Thank you very much for your kind feedback. Chemistry and Math go hand-in-hand in a wide range of circumstances. I love dealing with a multidisciplinary approach to problem solving as it is.

"Thorough and personable"

- Sean, Plano, TX on 10/31/15

"Wonderful"

- Jo'el, Mckinney, TX on 9/28/15
Bruce replied on 9/30/2015

Thank you very much for the objective feedback. It's very heartening to know that I am making a positive impact on your son's Geometry performance at this early stage. I will do everything in my power to provide the continued support and encouragement that it takes so that he will achieve the maximum possible success. Geometry has always been one of my strongest subjects and because of this I want to give back to the students who initially find it to be challenging (and in some cases more so than Algebra 1--please see my blog post for more details on this observation).

"Tremendous Chem and Algebra II tutoring session"

- Miya, Dallas, TX on 9/26/15
Bruce replied on 10/28/2015

Thank you, Miya.

I am totally committed to having Emily succeed to the greatest extent possible with both her PAP Algebra 2 and Chemistry.

"Terrific!"

- Paula, Dallas, TX on 9/17/15

"Taught at my pace"

- Matthew, Irving, TX on 8/6/15
Bruce replied on 8/6/2015

Matt,

Thank you very much for your feedback. I have been thoroughly enjoying helping you review step-by-step the core concepts from General Chemistry so that you will be well-prepared to achieve a passing score at minimum on you upcoming Chemistry CLEP.

"Extremely patient and thorough"

- Rachana, Plano, TX on 2/8/15
Bruce replied on 9/30/2015

I was on cloud nine when I heard back from you that your daughter ended the school year with a B+/A- average in her Honors Chemistry course and still thinks about me and says "Thank God, I had Dr. Bruce, otherwise I would have flunked Chemistry."

I hope that I have the opportunity to continue to be by her side every step of the way when she takes AP Chemistry in her senior year.

"Very accommodating and flexible"

- Sud, Richardson, TX on 2/2/15

"Good tutor but not what I am looking for"

- Anu, Dallas, TX on 1/20/15
Bruce replied on 1/22/2015

Anu,

Thank you very much for your feedback and best wishes.

"Very Patient-Great Tutor"

- Saurav, Austin, TX on 8/26/14
Bruce replied on 8/27/2014

Venkat,

Thank you very much for your objective feedback. I particularly relished the opportunity to work with medically-bound Organic students such as your son and only wish him the best of success as he continues to strive toward reaching his career goals.

Dr. Bruce

"Dr. H General Chemistry Lessons"

- Kyung, Frisco, TX on 8/17/14
Bruce replied on 8/17/2014

Kyung,

Thank you very much for your insight and best wishes as you embark on your College journey en route to achieving your career objectives.

Dr. Bruce

"Great Chemistry Tutor"

- Katie, Richardson, TX on 6/21/14
Bruce replied on 6/22/2014

Katie,

Thank you ever so much for your exceptionally objective and thorough feedback. You've captured the very essence of my tutoring approach and personality. I enjoyed each and every session that we shared and truly wish you the best of success in your future academic endeavors as you strive toward achieving your career objectives.

"Great tutor!"

- Larisa, Frisco, TX on 6/21/14

"Bruce H. Is A Rare Find"

- Tatiana, Flower Mound, TX on 5/25/14
Bruce replied on 5/27/2014

Tatiana, thank you very much for your kind and objective feedback. It was a true pleasure to have successfully mentored your son through his entire year of Organic Chemistry. I looked forward to each and every meeting because he was always enthusiastic and well-prepared with questions whether they were based on class notes, book problems, or practice exams.

I look forward to assisting him with his future Biochemistry needs as he continues his diligent work toward achieving his career objectives.

"Brilliant Tutor"

- Terri, Richardson, TX on 10/24/13
Bruce replied on 10/24/2013

Terri,

Having successfully guided you son through both Algebra 2 and Chemistry last school year, I have no doubts that he will succeed in precalculus this current school year under my mentorship.

"Good orgo tutor."

- Nina, Dallas, TX on 8/26/13
Bruce replied on 8/26/2013

Nina,

It was a pleasure to have assisted you with clear explanations of core General Chemistry and introductory Organic topics in preparation for your upcoming Fall university Organic Chemistry experience.

Best wishes for a successful academic year and in working towards fulfilling your career aspirations.

Dr. Bruce

"Knowledgeable, Very Patient, Gives Examples"

- Lauren, Dallas, TX on 7/17/13
Bruce replied on 7/18/2013

Lauren,

It was, indeed, a pleasure to have successfully mentored you through both the regular semester of Gen. Chem. I and the fast-paced summer session of Gen. Chem. II. You are correct in that I derive tremendous satisfaction out of presenting numerous examples of the topic under discussion in order for the student to more clearly understand it.

I'll certainly be ready and available to successfully guide you through 2nd semester of Organic Chemistry as you strive toward achieving your career aspirations.

"Chem Guru!"

- R, Coppell, TX on 7/15/13
Bruce replied on 7/15/2013

Thank you very much, R., for your exceptionally well-thought-out feedback. You have captured the very essence of my tutoring style and the types of relationships with clients that are most likely to lead to their long-term successes.

I'm glad that you had a superb experience in Gen. Chem. II through my guidance. I certainly look forward to continuing our working relationship with Organic Chemistry as you strive toward achieving your career aspirations.

"Committed Tutor"

- Marcia, Carrollton, TX on 7/14/13
Bruce replied on 7/19/2013

Thank you very much, Marcia, for your kind feedback.

It was, indeed, a pleasure to have guided your daughter to highly-successful outcomes on both the SAT Chemistry Subject Test and the AP Chemistry Exam. These have been among my major objectives in desiring to work with AP Chemistry students.

You hit the nail right on the head, Marcia, in terms of the value of teamwork in achieving student success.

Best wishes to both you and your daughter.

"My son successfully passed!"

- Deborah, Richardson, TX on 6/12/13
Bruce replied on 6/13/2013

Deborah, thanks so much for your well-thought out response. I thoroughly enjoyed working with your son at each session, be it for just Algebra 2, Chemistry, or a little of both.

The fact that he was receptive and prepared at each meeting and with a clear sense of what he wanted to accomplish went a long way toward his achieving his ultimate success. I was, as always, delighted to have played a major role in helping him attain his goals. Best wishes!

"Excellent tutor"

- Nailya, Dallas, TX on 5/11/13
Bruce replied on 5/13/2013

Nailya,

It was, indeed, a pleasure to have assisted your daughter on a regular basis with her AP Chemistry class. I love challenges, and the AP Chemistry course provided plenty of them on an ongoing basis.

Your daughter was always prepared at sessions and with a clear sense of what she wanted to accomplish. I extend my best wishes to her for future academic success as she strives toward fulfilling her professional goals.

Sincerely,

Bruce

"Great Chemistry tutor"

- Nikhil, Austin, TX on 5/6/13
Bruce replied on 7/18/2013

Thank you very much for your kind feedback concerning the impact that my multi-month tutoring sessions had on Nikhil's achievement. It was, indeed, a pleasure to have worked with him on a twice per week basis and to have consistently observed how focused and prepared he was at each session with the most challenging questions from his AP Chemistry course. Congratulations to him on his having achieved a 780 on the SAT Chemistry Subject Test and a 5 on the AP Chemistry Exam.

"Knowledgeable but Impatient"

- Krissy, Sachse, TX on 3/24/13
Bruce replied on 3/30/2013

Krissy,

Thank you very much for having provided feedback concerning your recent tutoring experience with me for General Chemistry 2.

Several issues that were raised in your correspondence require further clarification in order to put the whole experience in its proper context.

First, you informed me from the beginning that you were weak in General Chemistry 1 and received a subpar grade in this course. The topics in General Chemistry 2 were becoming increasingly more complex and would continue in that fashion as the course unfolded. Problems required a higher level of critical-thinking skills and also incorporation of a number of key concepts from General Chemistry 1. In addition, mathematical skills such as handling logarithms, solving quadratic and simple Algebra 1 equations, and setting up and solving proportions all required mastery in order to successfully handle current problems.

Second, as our sessions progressed, my assessment was that there were just too many past weak links that required remediation in the limited amount of session time I could devote to have eventually brought you up to speed for success. Not having read a chapter (or at least its summary) due to lack of time and prior to a session only compounded matters.

Since many students, particularly those planning to enter the medical field, require an additional year of Organic Chemistry, it becomes even more vital for success to have acquired a strong mastery of both General Chemistry 1 and General Chemistry 2 core topics.

Yes, I admit that sometimes I appear tough, but this comes from many years experience of knowing the necessary skills for success and having had an intense personal interest in both the short- and long-term welfare of all of my students. I was just attempting to be honest and open.

Accordingly, based upon the aforementioned, I was not your best fit for your overall situation.

Best wishes,

Bruce H.

"Did what we needed him to do."

- Dan, Allen, TX on 11/12/12
Bruce replied on 11/13/2012

Dan, thanks very much for your feedback. I'm delighted that your daughter noticeably improved on her SAT retake. Best wishes.

"Great tutor"

- Kavitha, Frisco, TX on 10/8/12

"Very patient and efficient!"

- Monica, Plano, TX on 9/29/12

"Very responsible tutor available according to student's schedule!"

- Troy, Dallas, TX on 8/7/12

"Thorough and Patient Tutor"

- Susan, Richardson, TX on 6/6/12
Bruce replied on 6/17/2013

Susan,

After the positive experience in having worked with your son in Pre-AP Algebra 2, I wish to thank you so much for, once again, having selected me to guide him to success in Precalculus over the majority of this recently-concluded schoolyear. It was very satisfying to know that my style of breaking down complex concepts in both Algebra 2 and Precalculus into simpler parts will serve him well when he proceeds into Calculus.

Best wishes!
Bruce

"A Pleasure"

- Lauren, Dallas, TX on 5/29/12

"Goes step by step!"

- E, Plano, TX on 5/17/12

"Great Tutor"

- Merlin, Allen, TX on 2/13/12

"Very patient and knowledgeable"

- Raya, Allen, TX on 1/17/12

"Very good teacher and tutor"

- Brandon, Denton, TX on 9/10/11

"A very patient and knowledgeable tutor"

- Seth, Lavon, TX on 8/11/11
Test Preparation:
ACT Math,
ASVAB,
PSAT, SAT Math
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math

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ACT Math

I have ACT math resources which can be used to diagnose students' particular strengths and weaknesses from the onset. Skill building strategies can then be modeled and implemented to bring students to higher levels of achievement.

Algebra 1

Easily dealt with are the following topics routinely covered in middle or high school Algebra I: handling equations (particularly in word problems), solving inequalities, explaining a variety of functions (including graphical interpretation), solving systems of linear equations and linear inequalities, handling exponents and polynomials, factoring polynomials, handling exponential and radical functions, and dealing with rational functions and equations.

As an additional resource I also possess an Algebra I "Teacher's Edition" text.

Algebra 2

I can handle most topics in Algebra II and College Algebra and am especially strong in word problems, exponents, solving both logarithmic and radical equations, factoring polynomials, simplifying expressions involving both radicals and complex numbers, and describing the behavior (domain, range, presence of asymptotes) of a variety of functions, including inequality (to include absolute value), rational, inverse, and transformed. Conic sections is also a familiar area of expertise.

I am particular knowledgeable with the Algebra 2 curricula in both the Plano and Richardson school districts.

As an additional resource I also possess an Algebra II "Teacher's Edition" text.

Word problems are a particular challenge for a number of students for whom the following steps must first be modeled: 1) drawing an appropriate diagram, if required, 2) establishing the correct algebraic representation(s) for the unknown(s) and then using this information to label the correct part(s) of the diagram, as needed, 3) linking together the algebraic representations by the correct math operations required by the problem, 4) carrying out the algebraic manipulations to solve for the unknown(s), and 5) checking the solution(s) for both accuracy and mathematical validity.

ASVAB

I will assist clients with the verbal, mathematics and science sections of the ASVAB test.

Particular strengths are in unfamiliar word meanings deduced from context clues and in mathematics problems requiring both reading comprehension and correct algebraic representations and setups.

Biochemistry

My vast knowledge of General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, and 21st century Human Nutrition enables me to understand and explain many Biochemistry concepts.

I have also taught multiple times a college-level General/Organic/Biochemistry hybrid course.

Chemistry

As a Chemistry major and Academic/Industrial Chemist, I have exceptional knowledge of and clearly communicate and illustrate through use of abundant and powerful resources all classroom and laboratory topics encountered in regular, honors/PAP, AP, and IB HS Chemistry and College Allied Health Sciences Chemistry (Chemistry 1405/1406 within the DCCCD and all Collin College locations) and General Chemistry (Chemistry 1411/1412 within the DCCCD and all Collin College locations or Chemistry 1311/1312 at UTD).

Specific expertise is in AP Chemistry, particularly for those programs offered at Allen High School, all of the Plano Senior High Schools, Richardson High School Magnet, The Hockaday School, and Jesuit Preparatory School, where the majority of my students have achieved a "5" (or no lower than a "4") on the AP exam given each May for dual credit.

Specialized knowledge even extends to Organic and Polymer Chemistry and the Chemistry and Biochemistry linked to 21st century optimal Human Nutrition.

Elementary Math

Students at the elementary level, particularly in grades 5 and 6, have been successfully tutored in Math.

With patience I break down problems (particularly word applications) into parts that are simple for students to understand.

My approaches are also adaptable to different learning styles.

Geometry

I easily handle any topic (including applications problems) covered in a Regular, PAP, or Honors Geometry course and am excellent in both inductive and deductive reasoning, the various methods for proving polygons both congruent and similar, and the interplay between algebra and geometry in word problem situations.

Nutrition

I am exceptionally knowledgeable in the principles of 21st century macronutrient-/micronutrient-balanced Nutrition and have used them to create an international food pyramid after having conducted extensive research on the most micronutrient-rich worldwide eating patterns. Regular adherence to these practices has provided me with consistently high energy and focusing ability, both of which have been major contributors to my success as a tutor.

Based upon sharing the aforementioned knowledge and in addition to my ability to foster development of heightened critical-thinking abilities during tutoring sessions, I am a particularly valued asset to those students who aspire to become doctors, dentists, pharmacists, physicians' assistants, and psychiatrists.

My fact sheets, "The Maximum Mental Health Diet," are designed around the core principles embodied in my food pyramid and are offered to any client upon request at the first or subsequent tutoring session.

Organic Chemistry

I have a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry and have gained much experience utilizing Organic Chemistry in the private sector, teaching Organic Chemistry concepts within both two-year and four-year colleges, as well as having tutored private clients in both first semester and second semester Organic Chemistry.

Prealgebra

Prealgebra is that critical point between the student's prior math experiences and the more challenging upcoming courses in algebra and geometry. With my skill set in the basic handling of numbers and the symbolic representation of numbers and ideas, I will build up the confidence level of the student through patience and encouragement. This will establish a strong foundation for future studies.

Performance exceeding 90% was achieved on the Texas State Educator's Gr. 4-8 Math Exam.

Precalculus

With Precalculus I am proficient with general functions and graphs, polynomial, rational, radical, absolute value, exponential and logarithmic functions and their various transformations, fundamental trigonometric concepts, including the Laws of Sines and Cosines in applications problems, the cosine and sine of angle sum and difference formulas, handling trigonometric identities and polar coordinates, solving systems of equations in 2 or 3 variables, parametric equations, vectors and their applications, and graphing conic sections.

SAT Math

I have multiple SAT resources which can be used from the onset to diagnose students' particular strengths and weaknesses in geometry, algebra, and trigonometry. Skill building strategies can then be modeled and implemented to bring students to higher levels of achievement on simulated tests.

I will also help more than adequately prepare those students who are planning to take the SAT Chemistry subject test.

Trigonometry

I can handle most topics in Trigonometry and am especially strong in application-type problems, converting between degrees and radian measure and polar and rectangular coordinates, solving trigonometric equations, simplifying trigonometric expressions and identities, graphing trigonometric functions and their transformations, and applying the Laws of Sines and Cosines to practical problems.

Los Angeles Valley College/University of California, Riverside, Math Minor
B.A., Chemistry
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Inorganic Chemistry Minor/Organic Chemistry Major
PhD
Florida State University/Florida A&M University, Tallahassee
Other

Education

Los Angeles Valley College/University of California, Riverside, Math Minor (B.A., Chemistry)

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Inorganic Chemistry Minor/Organic Chemistry Major (PhD)

Florida State University/Florida A&M University, Tallahassee (Other)

Very kind, knowledgeable and professional!!! — 56 %....was the score of my first exam in Chemistry 1411 course. I knew i was in a big trouble, as i felt so clueless and lost in that class. In desperate search for an affordable tutor for the entire semester, i stumbled upon Dr.Bruce and THANK GOD i did!!!! He is professional, patient, reliable, flexible, experienced and VERY, VERY knowledgeable in general, organic chemistry and math. During our ...

— Masha, Mckinney, TX on 1/18/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

College Student Group Rates: Two Students-$30/person/hr Three Students-$20/person/hr Group sessions are held at either the Richardson Public Library or Richland College Sabine Hall.

Travel policy

Bruce will travel within 15 miles of Plano, TX 75023.